Beginning March 10: Introduction to the Japanese Tea Ceremony with Mikaela Deighan
4 sessions, Tuesday and Thursday evenings March 10, 12, 17 & 19, 6:30-8:00pm, in Room 12. Fees: $60/series. Introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony with emphasis on guest etiquette and the various arts appreciated within the tea ceremony: tea, ceramics, sweets or wagashi, chabana (flower arrangement), calligraphy and incense. Participants will get a taste of the Chado philosophy and aesthetic that is delightful, mindful, and so applicable to our daily lives. "Tea is the locus of the transcendent and the mundane, unbifurcated." The philosophy of ichi-go ichi-e—one time one meeting, being present and in the moment—that is honed in tea, is an important practice to have in our busy and stressful lives.
The sessions are based on the four principles of tea: Wa (Harmony), Kei (Respect), Sei (Purity), and Jaku (Tranquility.)
Week I: Wa - Harmony: Intro (Why do Tea?), Bows (Shin, Gyo, So), Tea Dogu/Tea ware and their uses, Chabana (bring a vase!), Kei (Respect)—Guest behavior in the tea room and phrases used. Sweets (wagashi): What are they and how do you eat them? Making bowls of tea.
Week II: Sei (Purity)—Incense, cleanliness and handling of tea dogu; demonstration of Ryakubon (tray tea); Tea and Sweets; Jaku (Tranquility)—Zen Philosophy: the world through tea eyes; The use of scrolls in the tea room. 2nd demonstration of Ryakubon. Tea and Sweets.
For more info and to register, please contact Mikaela Deighan at firstname.lastname@example.org.